posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 07:12 PM
Good idea? No. While it is easy (and popular) to say "anything to get the bad guys', does someone want to define a "bad guy"? I personally know
people who are in prison on drug charges even though they personally never used rugs, never sold drugs, but they happened to befriend someone who
did... and got caught with something in their "possession" they were unaware of.
I also know people who are (as another posted commented) in and out opf jail regularly because they were sentenced to child support when they were in
good health, then had some medical problems and couldn't make enough anymore to pay the child support. I know a couple of truck drivers who were
accused of being delinquent on their child support payments (they claim they paid the ex directly and then she lied about it; I don't dispute them),
and as a consequence of this lost their CDL and were unable to drive. Unable to drive means they can't make the money they used to. That means they
can't make the high payments. That means they go to jail. That means they can't make anything. that means they can't make any payments. Anyone else
see a pattern here?
These are not "bad people". They are people who are at odds with our legal system. They are (supposedly) innocent until proven guilty. If they are
guilty, it is of being in the wrong place at the same time, or of acting on good faith.
These people do not need to even be in the system, much less be tricked with fraudulent promises. Yes, I said fraudulent, because that is how I see
this. Raist is right; it's not entrapment because they were not coerced into breaking the law, only into identifying themselves to the police. But
they were promised a sum of money under false pretenses, they were then met by someone pretending to be someone they were not, and they were finally
detained due to this deception... apparently at least one was detained needlessly.
In another respect, Raist is wrong. If we allow the police to use any tactic to trap someone because they have a warrant (a signed judicial order
based on one man's decision after hearing one side of the story), what is to prevent this from happening to you? Does anyone realize how many people
have warrants on them they don't even know about? Does anyone realize a warrant could be from a ticket in another state? Perhaps from a ticket where
the ticket was paid but an auxiliary charge (which was unknown to the perpetrator) wasn't? That has happened. I had a parking ticket many years ago
in Tennessee which I never saw. The only way I knew about it was when a notice was mailed to my home three days before the money had to be received!
Had the mail been delayed three more days, I would have had a warrant without knowing about it. As it was, it cost more to ship the check overnight
than the fine was.
So while I'm all for prosecuting criminals, let's not go overboard and forget that here, all men (and women) are assumed innocent until proven
guilty... or apparently until a judge decides to make them guilty with a bench warrant...